Orrefors Glassworks was founded in 1898 on the site of an older iron works. Up until 1913 the company produced mainly window glass and bottles. In 1916 and 1917 the Orrefors glasshouse hired the painters Simon Gate and Edvard Hald, respectively, to become the first artists engaged directly in glass design. Orrefors art glass is characterized by smooth, clean lines of brilliant crystal, especially suggestive of frozen liquid. The firm is noted for its ornamentation, which combines a simple, modern decorative style with a revival of 18th-century engraving technique.
The simple, modern lines of this candy/nut bowl incorporates a heavy crystal blank 3/8" in thickness, resting on a solid raised base 1/2" in height. Surrounding the bowl are seven engraved vines and berries extending from the base toward the rim of the bowl. The crystal has a pale aqua look under certain lighting conditions, though it is clear. The bowl measures 4 3/4" across the top, 3 1/4" in height and 2 1/2" across the base. Etched signature "Orrefors". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Gorgeous.
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